RACING GREYHOUND INJURY DATA SHOWS FURTHER REDUCTION IN 2019

RACING GREYHOUND INJURY DATA SHOWS FURTHER REDUCTION IN 2019

IGB

Bord na gCon, the Irish Greyhound Board, today published details of injury data for 2019. 

Overall, 332 injuries occurred during the year with 119 greyhounds being put to sleep. The percentage of greyhounds injured is 0.34% of the 98,552 greyhounds raced with 0.11% of these greyhounds being euthanised. The statistics continue the downward trend evident since 2015.

The injury data have reduced from the five-year high of 427 in 2016 despite the number of greyhounds raced increasing at 98,552 compared with 95,127 in 2015.

Denis Healy, Veterinary Director, with Bord na gCon stated ‘Bord na gCon has in recent years put a key focus on the highest standards of welfare for racing greyhounds at our tracks.  Unfortunately injuries are inevitable in any sport that involves such speed and athleticism.   Improvements in track maintenance and operating procedures has assisted us in being able to achieve an ongoing reduction of injuries each year. A qualified registered veterinary practitioner is present at each race event to make the appropriate decisions regarding the care and welfare of the greyhound. In addition, the IGB launched a Greyhound Injury Support Scheme in August 2019 to provide financial assistance to owners of greyhounds so that the necessary medical care can be undertaken to help further reduce the number of greyhounds put to sleep as a result of serious injury. It is mandatory that all greyhounds treated under this Scheme are retired from racing and are kept as pets by the owner or become part of Bord na gCon’s rehoming scheme.   The IGB has also sought a statutory instrument to make it a legal requirement for the euthanasia of a greyhound to be only undertaken by a qualified veterinary practitioner.’ 

 

           

Stifle/  

Shoulder/ 

Back/  

   

Wound/  

           

Month  

No. of Runners  

No. of Injuries  

No. of greyhounds P.T.S./Deceased  

Hock  

Wrist  

Front Leg   

Back Leg

Neck 

Tail  

Muscle  

Toe

Spike  

Metatarsal  

Metacarpal  

No visible Inj     

% Injured  

% P.T.S.  

Jan-19 

6604

21

7

7

1

2

0

1

0

7

0

2

0

1

0

0.32

0.11

Feb-19

7212

34

7

13

1

3

1

2

0

8

2

3

0

1

0

0.47

0.10

Mar-19

9491

23

5

8

3

1

3

2

1

4

0

1

0

0

0

0.24

0.05

Apr-19

8346

27

15

10

3

6

1

2

1

1

0

2

0

0

1

0.32

0.18

May-19

9150

22

10

8

1

3

1

3

0

3

1

2

0

0

0

0.24

0.11

Jun-19

9013

24

10

16

0

0

0

1

0

5

0

2

0

0

0

0.27

0.11

Jul-19

8436

42

13

12

2

9

4

3

1

3

2

2

0

0

4

0.50

0.15

Aug-19

8968

34

10

14

2

4

1

0

1

4

2

3

0

3

0

0.38

0.11

Sep-19

7582

27

10

13

1

1

3

0

2

6

0

1

0

0

0

0.36

0.13

Oct-19

7906

18

6

5

4

3

1

0

0

3

1

0

0

1

0

0.23

0.08

Nov-19

8537

34

12

8

4

3

0

5

2

6

0

4

0

1

1

0.40

0.14

Dec-19 

7307

26

14

11

7

3

2

1

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0.36

0.19

 

98552

332

119

125

29

38

17

20

8

50

9

23

0

7

6

0.34

0.12